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Swedish labor songs




In a rare departure from musical comedy, Emil Norlander penned the lyrics to Fredssång (Peace Song), which begins with the lines: "Varför skola mänskor strida, varför skall det flyta blod." (Why should people fight, why should blood flow.) This pacifist anthem, written at the time of the First World War, has been recorded numerous times and published in a variety of songbooks.

In 1916 Joel Mossberg recorded two Socialist songs for Columbia Records. The first one, "Arbetets Söner" (Sons Of The Workers), was a Swedish labor song from 1885 with lyrics by Henrik Menander. The second one, "Marseljäsen" (La Marseillaise) may well have been "The Internationale", which had originally been sung to the melody of the French national anthem. In this collection the lyrics are set to the 1888 melody by Pierre De Geyter, with which they are usually associated. Eugène Pottier's lyrics were first translated into Swedish in 1902 by Henrik Menander. "La Marseillaise" also provided the melody for "Arbetarmarseljäsen" (The Workers' Marsellaise).

The Swedish author Ture Nerman (1886-1969) wrote Swedish lyrics for the Joe Hill song "The Preacher And The Slave" (Svarta Präster). His poem "Den Vackraste Visan Om Kärleken" (The Finest Of All The Love Songs) was set to music and became a popular anti-war song.

Signe Aurell, who may have come from the Glimåkra-Osby district of Kristianstad, Sweden, immigrated to America around 1914 and worked as a laundress in Minneapolis, where she belonged to the IWW. Her poems appeared in "Allarm", "Arbetaren", "Bokslugan" and the Stockholm anarchist paper "Brand". In 1919 she privately published a collection of verse called "Irrbloss" (Will-o'-the-Wisp). Returning to Sweden in 1920, she was living at Osby in 1955 when interviewed by the Stockholm Communist daily "Ny Dag". There are two poems about Joe Hill (Josef Hillström) in "Irrbloss". Aurell's translation of "Joe Hill's Last Will" is in the 1924 songbook "Sånger av Joe Hill".

TRACKS 01-10: Joe Hill in Swedish
TRACKS 11-12: Harry McClintock in Swedish
TRACKS 13-13: Theodor Larsson
TRACKS 14-16: Anti-War Songs
TRACKS 17-18: Henrik Menander
TRACKS 20-29: Joe Hill
TRACKS 30-30: T-Bone Slim
TRACKS 31-32: Harry McClintock

ARTICLES
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Hill
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_Larsson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_McClintock
https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrik_Menander
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ture_Nerman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emil_Norlander
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Bone_Slim

JOE HILL LYRICS
http://www.folkarchive.de/hill.html

JOE HILL TITLES
Casey Jones (Casey Jones)
Det Är Kraft I Vårt Förbund (There Is Power In A Union)
Halleluja, Gå Och Driv (Hallelujah, I'm A Bum)
Luffaren (The Tramp)
Om Jag Någonsin Skall Strida (Should I Ever Be A Soldier)
Rebellflickan (The Rebel Girl)
Räkna Noga (Coffee An')
Svarta Präster (The Preacher And The Slave)
Vi Ska Sjunga (We Will Sing One Song)
Balladen Om Joe Hill (Joe Hill)
Joe Hills Testamente (My Last Will)

THEODOR LARSSON TITLE
Bolsjevikvisan

HARRY MCCLINTOCK TITLES
Halleluja, Ja' Ä' Koling (Hallelujah, I'm A Bum)
Kolingens Visa (The Bum Song)

ED MCCURDY TITLE
I Natt Jag Drömde Något Som (Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream)

HENRIK MENANDER TITLES
Arbetets Söner (Sons Of The Workers)
Internationalen (The Internationale)

TURE NERMAN TITLES
Svarta Präster (The Preacher And The Slave)
Den Vackraste Visan Om Kärleken (The Finest Of All The Love Songs)

EMIL NORLANDER TITLE
Fredssång (Peace Song)

T-BONE SLIM TITLE
Den Populära Rebellen (The Popular Wobbly)


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